Bowling Green Area Lodging Association celebrates employees with Hospitality Olympics

BOWLING GREEN, Ky. – The 2020 Summer Olympics are still more than a year away, but that didn’t stop one local organization from holding a different kind of Olympics today the NCM Motorsports Park in Bowling Green.

The Bowling Green Area Lodging Association held its third annual Hospitality Olympics as a token of appreciation for all the hard work of their employees.

“Everybody looks forward to it,” said Kacie Hood, general manager at Hyatt Place Bowling Green. “Everybody has started to look forward to it. They ask when the Hospitality Olympics are going to be this year.”

The now popular event does more than just offer employees a chance to participate in some fun activities.

“We thought it would be a great team building exercise to get our teams from the individual properties to come together, play games, and we do this once a year,” added Hood.

The Olympics featured 15 teams with four members per team, comprised entirely of employees from eight different area hotels.

Naturally, they were all there to compete for the gold.

“It’s really, really good for the morale,” Hood said.

There were five different activities as part of the event. Teams competed in a luggage obstacle course, a three-legged pillowcase race, a toilet paper toss, wine relay and a bed bug toss.

“This is a thank you to all of our team members,” said Hood. “They work hard day in, day out to make sure our guests are taken care of. This is just a couple of hours out of our day that they get to come have fun.”

The Olympics are also used to raise funds for local organizations.

This year, the organization was the Alzheimer’s Association.

According to Hood, philanthropy is a very important part of the mission of the Bowling Green Area Lodging Association.

“We like to be known for being involved in the community,” she said. “That’s our main goal and our focus right now.”

They’re only in the third year of this event, but with the growing popularity and continued growth of hotels in the area, Hood expects the Olympics to take place for many years to come.

“It’s good for us to let our teams know that this is something we enjoy doing for them,” said Hood.

After the event, participants also had the opportunity to ride go-karts on the track at the NCM Motorsports Park.